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Ernest Vivian Lindell


Shot down by flak on mission to V-Site Le Meillard on 14 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31246. Evaded (EVD). Only member of crew not captured. He was helped by the French Resistance through occupied France, walking over the Pyrenees Mountains and into neutral Spain, arriving on May 8th, his 23rd birthday.

Escape and Evasion Report #730.
Missing Air Crew Report #2497



  • Neill Britt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG, 547th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #163 dated 8 December 1943, as crew pilot, 3 combat missions. Shot down by flak on mission to V-Site Le Meillard on 14 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31246. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2497.

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31246

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/10/43; Grand Island 21/10/43; Nashville 28/10/43; Assigned transferred 547BS/384BG [SO-A] Grafton Underwood 27/11/43; 545BS [JD-A]; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 14/1/44 with Neill Britt, Co-pilot: Ray Haley, Bombardier: Oscar...


  • 8th Air Force 183

    14 January 1944
    This mission is a combined effort of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions to attack V-Weapon sites near the French coast near Pas-de-Calaise. Some targets of opportunity were also bombed. A total of 20 out of 21 V-Weapon sites are hit with varying results. ...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born North Dakota 8 May 1921
Assigned Grafton Underwood, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14, UK 8 December 1943

Assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group, 547th Bombardment Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #163 dated 8 December 1943, Neill Lasane Britt Crew.

Died 15 August 2010


Date Contributor Update
28 June 2017 13:51:29 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 2497 ;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database;

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2016 17:32:02 bombercommand Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
Escape and Evasion Report #730

2016-06-04 consolidated with information from duplicate AAM file

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:17 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2497, 8th AF Losses,